Assembly Member Leonie Cooper Highlights Mental Health Awareness Week

And the Mayor’s actions to promote more people getting support and treatment

Leonie Cooper - Assembly member for Wandsworth & Merton

Dear Editor,

As you may know, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s estimated that 2 million Londoners suffer from mental ill health, but studies have also shown that many people do not access any form of treatment or support.

Poor mental health affects people from all backgrounds - but sadly, too many across our city’s diverse communities suffer in silence, too afraid to speak openly about the issues they face, whether stress, depression or anxiety.

Last summer, the Mayor launched the Thrive LDN movement to improve mental health and well-being across the capital, and drive out stigma and discrimination. Thrive LDN also plays the important role of promoting a more joined-up approach between boroughs, health services, police, transport and voluntary organisations when offering support to people with mental health issues.

All Londoners should feel confident that they can have an open conversation about their mental health. Mental Health Awareness Week reminds us that it’s important to reach out to family, friends and our work colleagues and ensure those vital support networks are in place.


Leonie Cooper AM


May 15, 2018